- Marcus Rashford is a questionable starter for their League Cup final against Newcastle United on Sunday according to manager Erik Ten Hag
- Rashford picked up an injury scare during United’s match with Barcelona
- United will have a chance to stop their nearly 6-year trophy drought in Sunday’s League Cup final
Marcus Rashford, the star attacker for Manchester United, is a questionable starter for their League Cup final against Newcastle United on Sunday, according to manager Erik Ten Hag.
As United defeated Barcelona at Old Trafford on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League playoff play-off, Rashford came close to suffering an injury.
After seeing Rashford staggering off the field late in their 2-1 victory against Barcelona, Erik Ten Hag stated that the Premier League’s powerhouses will need some time to determine the severity of the injury. Rashford also used social media to make a mystery emoji-based reference to a probable injury.
At Manchester United, Rashford has been on fire, tallying 24 goals in all competitions—the highest in a single season of his career. Since the World Cup break, no player in the top five European leagues has scored more goals than the Englishman.
In their most recent Premier League victory over Leicester City, Rashford scored twice. He also scored an important goal at Camp Nou against Barcelona. In Thursday’s victory over United at Old Trafford, Rashford played 88 minutes, although he was later seen stumbling about the sidelines.
With the potential to win up to 4 championships this year, United will have a chance to stop their nearly 6-year trophy drought in Sunday’s League Cup final.
Is Martin Dubravka cup-tied?
Dubravka, a Slovakian international who has played more than 100 times for Newcastle, would have been a clear option for Pope but won’t be available for the final.
Dubravka is cup-tied since he participated in the competition for Manchester United earlier in the year while on loan with the Red Devils, aiding them to victories against Burnley and Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Will Loris Karius play for the Magpies?
Nick Pope of Newcastle United was sent off for the first time in the Premier League, and his error against Liverpool unintentionally put the Magpies in a one-game goalkeeping crisis.
A player more closely linked to Liverpool could benefit from the circumstance, as third-choice goalkeeper Loris Karius is now assured of making the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Pope’s situation has changed Eddie Howe’s preparations for Newcastle as he attempts to halt a major prize drought at Saint James’ Park that has persisted since the 1955 FA Cup final.
Head to Head stats
With 90 victories across all competitions, 43 defeats, and 41 draws, United has a solid historical record against Newcastle.
During the Premier League era, the two teams have engaged in several fantastic battles, with Newcastle’s 5-0 victory at Old Trafford in 1996 standing out as one of their most notable outcomes.
But Sir Alex Ferguson consistently prevailed over the Magpies, especially his former sparring partner Kevin Keegan.
Before Wayne Rooney’s incredible goal in their 2005 match at Old Trafford, Philippe Albert’s infamous chip had become linked with the match for more than a decade.
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